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Weekend Reads TV rights: Mediapro takes Canal + to court

21:50  26 november  2020
21:50  26 november  2020 Source:   sport24.lefigaro.fr

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MEDIAPRO is the leading sports rights management agency in Spain.

  Droits TV : Mediapro assigne Canal+ en justice © Panoramic

The Sino-Spanish group Mediapro lodged a summons with the Paris commercial court last week to ask Canal + for damages in the context of the negotiations that followed the tender for the rights of Ligue 1 for the period 2020-2024, AFP learned from a source who requested anonymity. Mediapro accuses Canal of "abuse of a dominant position" and "abusive and unfair practices", according to the same source. Asked by AFP, Canal + declined to comment.

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At the heart of the conflict, the impossibility according to Mediapro of sealing any distribution agreement with the channel encrypted since the conclusion of the tender. In this case, Canal + had already taken Mediapro to court in September, accusing the Catalan group with Chinese capital of "unequal treatment" compared to other distributors, in negotiations for the distribution of Téléfoot, the channel of Mediapro.

Mediapro and its bribes to Fifa

 Mediapro and its bribes to Fifa The image of the French broadcaster of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 is cracking a little more. Mediapro has publicly acknowledged bribes paid to Fifa by former employees to secure World Cup TV rights. Here comes the "Fifagate" back, via Mediapro . Its co-founder Jaume Roures, forced by the justice of New York, admitted in a press release embezzlement in his company. Former officials had paid bribes to Fifa members to secure TV rights for the World Cup, El Mundo Deportivo said.

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Mediapro and Canal Plus, part of the Prisa media group, share the rights to broadcast La Liga matches in Spain. Unlike in other major European leagues, the sale of TV rights is not subject to collective bargaining and clubs agree deals individually with broadcasters.


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172 million awaiting payment

Mediapro had obtained in 2018 80% of the TV rights of Ligue 1 for 780 million euros per year for the period 2020-2024. But after paying its first payment to the League in August, Mediapro refused to pay the 172 million euros expected in October, demanding to revise the terms of the contract downwards due to the health crisis.

The League and Mediapro have been engaged since October 19 in a conciliation process with the Nanterre commercial court, the objective being to reach a solution as quickly as possible, while on December 5, the date of the next payment due by Mediapro, come on. Until now, Mediapro had not managed to find an agreement with the encrypted channel, the other broadcaster of the L1, neither for a sub-license of certain matches, nor for the distribution of its Téléfoot channel by the platforms. of Canal +. At the end of October, Mediapro had thus announced a figure of 600,000 subscribers for its Telefoot channel, far from the 3.5 million that the group is ultimately targeting to make its

project profitable.

The FFF estimates the shortfall at 24 million euros since this summer .
© Supplied by Sofoot More than winning the Euro to replenish the funds. It's starting to be worth its weight in gold. In an interview with AFP today, Florence Hardouin, executive director of the French Football Federation, estimated the shortfall for the body at 24 million euros since this summer. A loss directly linked to the health crisis, but also to Mediapro's refusal to pay TV rights. The FFF in fact touches 2.5% of the total amount paid to the Professional Football League, ie “31 million

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